Music Album Review: By2’s “2020”
Released by Ocean Butterflies Music on August 3, 2012
To those who have not heard of By2, here is the breakdown: they are a pop duo consisting of 20-year-old twins, Miko (白緯芬) and Yumi Bai (白緯玲) from Singapore. They trained for two years before debuting under Ocean Butterflies International in 2008. Although they are from Singapore, they are primarily based in Taiwan.
The album is extremely short, with only four songs averaging 3 and a half minutes long. The album’s title song and first track, “2020 Love You Love You” <2020愛你愛妳> is a bubbly dance track. All of these emotions would rush into my mind when I listen to the song and read the lyrics – feeling young and fresh. Energetic and daring. The euphoric feelings of hanging out with your best friends, of being with your first crush….
That is, all of these emotions should rush into mind. But they did not. The song is a happy song to listen to, but it does not get me jumping to my feet to dance along. The music video is also not very impressive. The gray undertone is too dark for such an upbeat song. Their dancing is also not up to par. But I’m not going to lie – these girls are cute, and they look genuinely happy in the music video.
The second track, the extremely karaoke-friendly “You Don’t Know Me” <你並不懂我>, is much better to listen to. This is surprising because this track is a ballad, and I am not much of a ballad fan. I suppose the music video contributed a huge part to my enjoyment of the song, because I thought the music video was very well made.
Another karaoke-friendly song, the third track “Touching the Heart Touches Love” <觸動心觸動愛>, is quite similar to the first track in tone. It is fast-paced and bubbly like “2020 Love You Love You,” but I personally enjoyed this song much more than the former. With repetitive beats, “Touching the Heart Touches Love” is catchier, and definitely a jam I would listen to on repeat.
A ballad with contemporary beats, “Love Storms Through the Door” <愛情闖進門> is the fourth and last track. I do not have much to comment on this song aside from the fact that I like it more than the album’s title song, but that does not say much.
In conclusion, By2’s 2020 is a competent album. It’s not an album I would rush to the stores to buy, but it is definitely an ear-opener for me, and now I am interested in learning more about the girls.
Watch By2’s Latest Music Videos
“2020 Love You Love You” <2020愛你愛妳>
“You Don’t Know Me” <你並不懂我>
This review is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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